Alex Vallejo grew up in Newark, Delaware. He was recently a writing fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and has fiction forthcoming in The Asian American Literary Review. He lives in Washington, D.C.
I stare at the ground imagining I am one of the condemned, what it felt like to have my fingernails torn off. I clench my fists tight and brace myself for the pain, wishing I was off this wretched island, wishing I was home.